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Kristina Carssow (TX '11)

Southwest Regional Director

National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET)

At the time of the Award, Kristina Carssow was:

Connally High School
Austin, TX

Subject(s) taught: English/Language, Social Studies, Art
Grade(s): 9

Biographical Information

Kristina Carssow is an NIET senior specialist for Texas. She has 18 years of experience as a campus teacher, TAP master coach, instructional coach, and assistant principal. Kristina has been a campus leader dedicated to creating, implementing, and evaluating instructional models that focus on teacher growth and student achievement. Kristina is a 2011 Milken Educator Award recipient and a 2016 Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes Fellow.

Before joining NIET, Kristina was a secondary social studies teacher, English language arts and social studies TAP master teacher, and middle school and high school assistant principal. Kristina has worked on teams to evaluate and revise district curriculum and develop specific instructional models and professional development structures at the middle school and high school campus level. Most recently, she worked to implement professional learning communities at the high school level with the focus on developing PLC leaders through ongoing professional development that she developed, implemented, and evaluated with a team of instructional coaches.

Kristina was active in the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals as a board member and state conference presenter, and was named Region 13 middle school principal of the year in 2019. She has a bachelor of science from Texas A&M University and master's degree in educational leadership from Concordia University.

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Kristina Carssow In The News

2012 TOP STORIES: Connally teacher receives Milken award, $25,000 prize
Pflugerville Pflag  |  Dec 31, 2013  |  Pflugerville, TX

Milken award goes to Connally teacher
The Pflugerville Pflag  |  Feb 17, 2012  |  Pflugerville, TX

Cool teacher wins a cool award
Austin American-Statesman  |  Feb 15, 2012  |  Austin, TX

Pflugerville school district teacher wins $25,000 Milken prize
Austin American-Statesman  |  Feb 14, 2012  |  Austin, TX

Pflugerville teacher receives $25,000 Valentine surprise
Texas Education Agency  |  Feb 14, 2012  |  Austin, TX

Pflugerville teacher wins esteemed Milken Educator Award
Your News Now  |  Feb 14, 2012  |  Austin, TX

Kristina Carssow of Connally High School in Austin Surprised With $25,000 National Milken Educator Award
Houston Chronicle  |  Feb 14, 2012  |  Houston, TX

Teacher gets prestigious $25,000 award
KXAN  |  NBC  |  Feb 14, 2012  |  Austin, TX

Connally teacher receives $25,000 national educators award
Community Impact Newspaper  |  Feb 14, 2012  |  Pflugerville, TX